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Some Records In Vandy Rape Case Should Be Made Public; Do Vandy Fans Have A Different View Now?

James-Franklin-contemplativeLast year right on up through this January, anytime we wrote of the Vanderbilt rape case we would receive several nasty emails from Commodore fans accusing us of trying to hurt James Franklin’s reputation.  That was nonsense then — we said we didn’t think he was involved in a cover-up — and it’s nonsense now.  But are Vandy fans still so worried about Franklin’s image?

Here’s guessing they’re not.

A judge ruled yesterday that some of the records from the case should now be released to the media as the public has a right to see them.  ”Some text messages, emails and other material collected by Vanderbilt University” should now be given to the press.  However, the judge put a stay on his own order — delaying the release of the information — pending an appeal from the Metro government which has tried to keep the documents hidden.

You might recall that a lawyer for one of the four ex-VU footballers accused of sexual assault said last year that the defense team should be allowed to see all records of cell phone and text communications between the players and their coaches after the attack allegedly took place.  Depending on which text message transcripts are released to the public — if they’re released — we may soon see for ourselves whether or not Franklin or any other assistants were in communication with the players as they attempted to cover their tracks.

One wonders at this point if some, many, or most Vanderbilt fans haven’t flip-flopped on this case altogether since Franklin up and skedaddled to Penn State just weeks before National Signing Day.  It certainly wouldn’t be surprising to learn that some of the same people who wanted the press to stop trying to find dirt on Franklin while he was at Vandy would now want the press to dig away and expose their ex-coach as a fraud.

Let’s just say we believe it’s probably a safe bet that The Tennessean — which led the charge to get the records released — is getting fewer angry emails today than they would have if Franklin were still coaching on Nashville’s West End.  So now it’s Penn State fans’ turn to sweat and fret the possibility that something negative about Franklin might come to light thanks to this potential records release.

Now, the DA’s office has made it very clear that they found zero evidence of any wrongdoing tied to Franklin.  We still have absolutely no reason to doubt them.  But if these records are released, we’ll all be able to finally see for ourselves what — if any — involvement Franklin had in the players’ attempted cover-up.

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After Penn State, Would The NCAA Get Involved With Alleged Rape Charges At Missouri?

honest-opinionBy now you know of the ESPN “Outside The Lines” story detailing how a former Missouri swim team member alleged that she was raped by a Tiger football player and then spiraled downward until finally she committed suicide.  You probably also know that a friend of Sasha Menu Courey — former Mizzou receiver Rolandis Woodland — claims that he was emailed a tape of the incident — which has since been lost — by Menu Courey showing that three Missouri players raped her after a night of drinking in 2010.

You know that no one to date has presented evidence that University of Missouri officials knew of the allegations before Menu Courey’s death; that ESPN reported that school officials didn’t pursue the allegations or inform police when they did learn of the claims after Menu Courey’s death; that MU called ESPN’s reporting “skewed and flawed;” and that Missouri finally alerted police to the incident on Saturday night (a day after the ESPN report).

Yesterday it was learned that Missouri president Tim Wolfe is calling for “outside independent counsel” to investigate the matter.  For those wanting more on the reaction from the Missouri campus and from Menu Courey’s parents you can find that here and here.  And if you’re looking for a brief overview of the case, you can find that here.

While there appear to be plenty of knowns when it comes to this sad tale, there are many more unknowns.  Did anyone inside the football offices know of the claims?  Did anyone inside the athletic department know of the situation?  Why didn’t MU officials turn things over to the police the minute they did know something?

And for the biggie — Will the NCAA get involved in this matter?

First, we’re not in favor of Mark Emmert sticking his organization’s big nose into matters of campus crime.  We were among the few who criticized the NCAA for getting involved with what looked like a lynch mob at Penn State back in Summer 2012.  But get involved Emmert and his crew did, slamming the Nittany Lion football program for not reporting to police that some PSU employees had suspicions that former assistant Jerry Sandusky had been raping boys.

As we said at the time, the Sandusky case was a matter for law enforcement and had absolutely nothing to do with athletics, which had been — up until the Penn State case — the NCAA’s purview.

So now it appears that Missouri officials — depending on whose story you believe — knew of the rape allegations against one or more football players but did not turn over that information to the police.  Where, then, do Emmert and his team of NCAA do-gooders stand on this?

If an independent investigation finds that MU leaders knew of the allegations and ignored them will the NCAA step in?  What if it’s learned that the school only knew about the allegations after Menu Courey’s death — as appears to be the case — and still decided not to report it?  Will the timeline of events impact the NCAA’s decision to get involved?  Will the fact that the alleged victim is dead impact the NCAA’s view?  Could the swimmer’s suicide make Emmert and crew more upset?

Missouri fans will no doubt read this and yelp that we’re trying stir up trouble for the school.  Not so.  This is a matter for law enforcement just as Penn State’s issues were.  (We do wonder how many Tiger fans were applauding the NCAA’s decision to overstep its bounds with regards to the Sandusky case, though.)

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SEC Headlines 1/25/2014

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1. Report: Former Florida State quarterback Jacob Coker is visiting Alabama this weekend.

2. Vanderbilt confirms the hiring of seven assistant coaches to new coach Derek Mason.  Five former Vanderbilt commitments have flipped to Penn State.

3. Penn State paid Vanderbilt $1.5 million to buy out James Franklin’s contract.

4. Who did Georgia consider besides Jeremy Pruitt for its defensive coordinator position? Mark Richt’s other phone call wasn’t to Kirby Smart - but to Vance Joseph.

5. Georgia makes official the hiring of Kevin Scherrer as a “defensive assistant” coach.

6. Thursday night or Saturday for Auburn and Kansas State in September?  Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs: ”It’s really their decision, because it’s their home game.”

7. ESPN poll shows fans expect Florida to be the most improved team in 2014. Tennessee came in second.

8. Derrick Henry’s breakout performance in the Sugar Bowl means Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon will have competition for carries this fall.

9. After three straight Top 10 seasons, what’s the key for 2014 at South Carolina?  Steve Spurrier: “Just keep doing what we’ve been doing,”

10. Why is Jadeveon Clowney’s agent in a battle with a South Carolina sub shop?

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11. ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” will feature a report Sunday about an alleged rape at Missouri in 2010 involving a swimmer and members of the football team.  The swim team member, Sasha Menu Courey, committed suicide in 2011. School says it has no basis to investigate.

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12. Senior Bowl this afternoon in Mobile.  The game has featured an average of 10 first-round NFL picks the last nine years.

13. ESPN’s secret weapon - ESPN3.

14. What exactly are high school “cheerlebrities”?

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Franklin Ad Fails To Woo Back Vandy Fans

Former Vanderbilt James Franklin has cooled angry Commodore fans by placing a thoughtful “thank you” ad in yesterday’s edition of The Tennessean newspaper.

Or not.

The ad featured the coach dressed in his old black and gold garb and carried the following statement above his signature:

 

“Thank you, Vanderbilt.  It was a wonderful experience.  I am forever grateful.  Anchor Down.”

 

He forgot to the mention that the money was on the dresser.

Franklin’s note didn’t win over much of anyone since the coach is still trying to woo Vanderbilt commits to Penn State.  If he lands them, he’ll surely also be grateful that the school paid for him to recruit those kids and their families to Vanderbilt.  If that hadn’t happened he wouldn’t currently have the pull to lure them away from Nashville and up to Happy Valley.

But here’s the thing.  It was quickly learned that Franklin didn’t even order for the ad.  Nope, Penn State placed the ad in the paper.  After being questioned about that fact, a PSU spokesman tweeted that “Franklin asked #Penn State staff to place Thank You ad in The Tennessean and he will pay the invoice when it arrives.”

Which is a little like asking your secretary to pick out some sort of nice little gift for the wifey.  It’s just not from the heart, James.

In reality, the ad was nothing more than an attempted PR move by Franklin and/or Penn State to quell some of the rage in Nashville and quiet some of the negative publicity the coach and his new school are getting over his decision to pack a few Vandy recruits into his suitcase on his way out the door.

No wonder most Vandy fans were unmoved.

 

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The coach had placed a similar ad in Vanderbilt’s student newspaper earlier this week.

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Report: Vanderbilt Search Down To Two Names; (Update) Mason Hired

Search button 2Are Stanford’s Derek Mason and Clemson’s Chad Morris the two finalists for the head coaching job at Vanderbilt?  A report out Thursday by 24/7 sports indicated that Morris, Clemson’s offensive coordinator, was “gaining significant traction” and indicated that Mason, Stanford’s defensive coordinator, “was the name to beat.” The National Football Post agrees with the Mason assessment, calling him the “top choice” to replace Franklin. Other reports back Mason as the favorite – see here and herealso here.

Sentiment is not as uniform on Morris’ chances to land the job.   “After talking with a source in Nashville this morning, we don’t believe Morris is going anywhere,” says the Clemson Rivals site.

Meanwhile, in Nashville, Vanderbilt A.D. David Williams says the search is not over.  When will it be done? “I hope soon, but until we find a coach we still have some things we have to do and people to talk to.” In addition to Morris and Mason, other names linked to the search include St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and  Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.  Both Hamilton and Mason reportedly interviewed on Thursday. Bruce Feldman says Hamilton has taken his name out of consideration.

The man the new coach will be replacing has reportedly taken several of his assistants with him to Penn State.  Six of James Franklin’s assistants still on the payroll at Vanderbilt resigned Thursday morning, according to The Tennessean.  

Update: 24/7 Sports says Mason will be named the coach but “no details on when it will be announced.”  Citing sources, Bruce Feldman says job was offered to Pep Hamilton but he decided to stay with the Colts.

Update II: Vanderbilt has hired Mason.

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SEC Recruiting Notebook: Holley Lifts Florida’s Class

sec-recruiting-notebook-gfxFlorida’s 2014 class received some sizable momentum this week.

Defensive tackle Thomas Holley from Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., switched his commitment from Penn State to Florida.

Holley, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 3 defensive tackle by Rivals, decided to go with a coaching staff he knew at Florida over a staff he would have to get to know at Penn State.

“I think it was just kind of hard for me to build a relationship with a coaching staff in two weeks, when I had spent 10 months building a relationship with the previous coaching staff,” Holley told ESPN. “It really came down to the why between Penn State and Florida. At Florida, I already had a great relationship with the coaching staff, so it made it an easier decision.”

Holley’s decision to choose Florida adds to an already impressive defensive haul in the 2014 class. Defensive backs Duke Dawson and Jalen Tabor have already enrolled at Florida and defensive end Gerald Willis III has committed.

Willis, who chose Florida over LSU at the Under Armour All-American game in St. Petersburg, Fla., earlier this month, appears solid in his commitment to Florida. His mother, April Justin, told 247Sports that Willis “will not flip at all” from his commitment.

Holley maintains his commitment to Florida is solid as well.

“I’m not trying to be a person that is constantly changing up what they want to do,” he said. “When I make a decision, I want to make sure it’s the right decision, and that’s why I’ve been taking my time with the process.

“Even after the coaching staff change, I took my time, I sat down with my family and weighed out all my options, and that’s what it came down to. This is my last hoorah, as far as schools. I don’t plan on changing up anytime soon. I don’t plan on decommitting from Florida and going somewhere else. This is it for me.”

Florida still has plenty of work to do on the offensive side of the ball. The Gators landed athlete Brandon Powell, who could play running back or wide receiver. But the Gators are still trying to recover from the losses of running back Dalvin Cook, who has enrolled at Florida State, and receiver Ermon Lane, who decommitted last week and appears to be leaning toward the Seminoles.

Florida is pursuing running backs Jeff Jones, who’s committed to Minnesota, and Derrell Scott, who’s also considering South Carolina and Tennessee. Receivers Eric Lauderdale, Isaiah McKenzie and C.J. Worton, a Florida State commit, are strongly considering Florida as well.

Gators coach Will Muschamp is selling playing time to prospects. He said this week every position is “open” following Florida’s 4-8 season.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to walk into a great situation to improve, play in an exciting offense,” Muschamp said. “This is still the University of Florida. We’ll compete and play for championships. That hasn’t changed. Not in one year, that hasn’t.”

 

Vandy’s class takes huge hit

Vanderbilt’s 2014 class is predictably in big trouble as the Commodores search for a replacement for coach James Franklin.

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Franklin Defends His Decision To Swing Vandy Commits To Penn State

gfx - they said itYesterday, James Franklin appeared on Dan Patrick’s national radio show.  He was asked about his decision to try and lure a number of Vanderbilt commits into following him to Penn State.  His response?

 

“I don’t know what the rules are, there.  I know that I’ve been sitting in living rooms with families and kids and selling them on a dream and selling them on a vision and our relationship.  A lot of people say that the kids should commit to a school, not a coach, but the reality is, they do (commit to coaches).  Families and kids want to make sure their kids is being taken care of.  It’s about the relationship aspect.

My responsibility is to do everything in my power to make sure I put a team together that can help Penn State be successful.  The people I’ve been recruiting for the last two years that I know inside and out, know the type of men they are, type of families they come from, that’s going to happen.  My job right now is to everything I possibly can to help Penn State be successful.”

 

In other words, “Thanks for the millions; now kiss off, Vandy.”  Hey, at least he’s honest.

Those comments remind this writer of all the times Vanderbilt fans defended Franklin against our charges that he was a loudmouth and that he could be jerkish, even Kiffinesque at times.  I remember the many times an email or comment came in this site’s direction claiming that we “must be fans of some school that’s scared of Franklin.”

Uh, no, we just thought Franklin — a great recruiter and a good coach — was all about Franklin and not Vanderbilt.  Now those who defended him so vociferously simply because he was wearing their school colors at the time are beginning to understand what we saw from an objective point of view.  Great recruiter, good coach, jerkish.

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Franklin’s Departure From Vandy A Great Reminder: Don’t Put Blind Faith In A Coach

bowing to statueFor the past three years, anytime MrSEC.com has claimed James Franklin ran his mouth a bit too much (his aides have to have pretty wives, Nicky Satan, etc), many Vanderbilt fans have rushed to defend him.  Anytime this site has suggested he might leave — who didn’t see him eventually leaving Nashville? — many Commodore fans have tsk-tsk’d us and claimed that we “must just be scared of what he’s building” at VU.

All of that changed on Saturday.

Check Twitter.  Check a Vandy message board.  Check out this lengthy post from VandySports.com, the Rivals site covering the Dores.

In the eyes of many VU supporters, Franklin has gone from infallible god to used car salesman.  From a man others must fear to a man they themselves cannot stand.

We point this out not to mock Vanderbilt backers but to remind everyone that even folks with fancy degrees can fall way too deeply in love with a winning coach.  Franklin was good for Vanderbilt.  He improved the program.  He supplied a blueprint to his replacement.  And he deserved support for it.

But he didn’t deserve blind faith.  No man does.  If more of us remembered that you’d see less rage and pain after a winning coach hits the bricks for a better gig.

Tennessee fans ignored all of the secondary violations, all of the jerkish comments, all of the general nonsense that surrounded Lane Kiffin while he was in Knoxville.  Anyone pointing out that he behaved like a nitwit was “anti-Vol.”  At least until Kiffin left Knoxville less than a month before signing day to take his “dream job” at Southern Cal.  Ironically, Kiffin left UT on a January 10th.  Franklin left VU on January 11th.  Like Franklin, Kiffin went from hero to zero in a matter of hours.

At Florida, anyone daring to criticize Urban Meyer for running a discipline-free program was viewed as a hater, someone who must root for a school that can’t beat Saint Urb.  But then he retired, un-retired, retired again and left Will Muschamp a penal colony to try to clean up.  Finally, when he finished up his “I need to watch my kids grow up” period and landed at Ohio State a whopping one year later — kids grow up so fast these days — many Florida fans arrived at one conclusion: “Hey, this guy won games but he was full of crap.”  Yes, he was.  In fact, most coaches are… because most people are.

Most of us are selfish individuals who’ll say anything to get ahead in life or to make an extra buck.  That may be a sad view of humanity, but it keeps this particular writer from being disappointed when people don’t live up to their word.  If our species is flawed, logic dictates that coaches will be flawed, too.  They’re of the same species (though some of us believe anyone coaching at good ol’ State U. must be an angel rather than a mere mortal).

Franklin, like many a coach before him, begged his school’s fans and administrators for full buy-in.  Vandy ponied up a lot of cash and they admitted a few athletes who might not have been let in to school for previous coaches.  Tens of thousands of Vanderbilt fans got in their cars and drove to Birmingham for a ho-hum January bowl game.  In their view, they bought in fully.

But no matter how many nine-win seasons Franklin had in Nashville, VU is still not a destination job.  Not yet.  That’s not an insult, that’s historical fact.  Vandy fans who’d been convinced by Franklin that their program was as good as any were therefore floored when he chose Penn State over Vanderbilt.  Roll that one around in your head for a bit.  Three years ago, would anyone planted on terra firma have expected a football coach to select Vandy over Penn State?  But Franklin said what coaches say.  Then he won games.  Fans and media fell in blind love with him believing anything he said and defending anything he did.  Commodore fans just didn’t see this coming.

So when it did come and he did leave there was hurt, anger, and scorn.  Consider these snippets from the VandySports.com column linked to above:

 

“Franklin doesn’t have a neck brace (like Bobby Petrino), but somehow he managed to find a way to leave a school he made into a national power as The Most Hated Man in Town…

For a coach who has never known how to stop talking, the silence coming from Franklin’s Tweet-a-minute camp was deafening…

Those of us who worked around him know why he bailed.  Franklin wanted to work where there was already a built-in fan base with a vast stadium.  He felt he was a big time coach, and big time coaches coach in big time arenas.  To each his own.”

 

If those aren’t the remarks of a person who feels betrayed this writer doesn’t know what would be.  Suddenly Franklin never knew how to stop talking?  Funny how that changes from a positive to a negative when a coach jets.  If this site or another had written that very same thing a week ago, Vandy fans would have been up in arms.

And the “to each his own” line reveals hurt feelings as well.  The writer of that piece knows full well that there’s not a coach in America who would prefer to work in an unfilled 40,000-seat stadium than in a packed 100,000-seat stadium.  None, zero, zip.  Yet the anger brought on by Franklin’s adios blinds Vandy supporters to that fact.  ”Well if he wants to go to one of the 10-15 best programs all-time, so be it.”  Uh, yeah.

Again, this isn’t to make fun of VU fans or anyone who grew to know Franklin while covering him.  It is simply a reminder that we all need to remember that these guys are human beings with human egos.  If they spot a better gig or a way to make an extra buck, all that we’ll see is a vapor trail in their wake.

They’re not infallible.  They’re not gods.  Most don’t looooooooove their school so much that they’ll turn down better jobs.  They’re people.  And we people are typically out for ourselves.  (Okay, Mark Richt is the exception to the rule.)

So from Columbia, Fayetteville and College Station out West to the other Columbia, Gainesville and Lexington to the East, you SEC fans should root for your coaches and support your coaches.  But don’t put blind faith in them.  If you do you’ll only wind up hurt feelings and rival fans yelling “told ya so” back in your face.  Ya know… like broken-hearted Vanderbilt fans today.

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SEC Headlines 1/12/2014

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1. Vanderbilt AD David Williams said Saturday 20 to 25 people had reached out about the Commodores’ head coaching job.

2. James Franklin “talked the talk until he walked,” writes David Climer.

3. The Tennessean provides the top five Franklin moments while he was Vanderbilt’s coach.

4. Dorial Green-Beckham’s father is confident his son won’t be charged following an arrest early Saturday.

5. Green-Beckham posted this message on Twitter Saturday night.

6. Alabama head coach Nick Saban continues to stockpile former head coaches for his staff.

7. Defensive line coach Chris Rumph appears to be headed to Texas to join Charlie Strong’s staff.

8. Lane Kiffin scrutiny could come on the recruiting trail, writes Kevin Scarbinsky.

9. Gus Malzahn is working to get raises for his staff as he is due a bonus on Wednesday.

10. Auburn’s Justin Garrett is hoping to return and help the Tigers’ defense next season after an injury-riddled year.

11. LSU has a ton of talent, which is why so many players have NFL decisions to make each year.

12. Ole Miss linebacker/defensive end D.T. Shackelford received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA.

13. Pat Dooley has 13 takeaways from the 2013 season. No. 1: It was a terrible season for the SEC. (He’s kidding)

14. Mark Story looks at where Kentucky coach Mark Stoops might have an edge on Louisville’s Bobby Petrino next season.

15. There was a large turnout for South Carolina fans to say goodbye to quarterback Connor Shaw.

16. Athlete Neiko Creamer became Tennessee’s 14th midterm enrollee on Saturday.

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17. Franklin said he was “excited to come home” when he was introduced as Penn State’s new coach.

18. Franklin’s arrival at Penn State will give the Big Ten a shot in the arm, writes Jeremy Fowler.

19. Florida State’s 2014 season has the brightest outlook among the teams in Florida.

20. Here’s a look at how the top 25 college basketball teams have fared this weekend.

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As Vandy’s Franklin Works Out The Details With Penn State, National Coverage Is Going Right Where We Said It Would Go

shocked20audienceFor the past month we’ve had to write about James Franklin the job candidate on numerous occasions.  And in each of those posts we’ve said that the recent rape scandal at Vanderbilt could become a drawback for him on this year’s job carousel.  Southern Cal was supposed to be interested.  Then we in the media said Washington would come calling.  Then it was going to be Texas.  But no, no and no.  There were no stories of back-alley meetings or planes flying to and from Nashville.

The Houston Texans did reportedly meet with Franklin, but an NFL team has less to fear when it comes to reputation than universities.

So when Franklin’s name popped up in connection with Penn State, we at MrSEC.com scoffed.  If there was one school that simply couldn’t hire a guy who might have to take the witness stand in a rape trial it was Penn State.

Only Penn State has apparently offered Franklin their job anyway.  Currently, the coach is expected to accept the invitation, though Vanderbilt is working behind the scenes to give the coach everything he wants (likely even more cash for his assistants and a guaranteed start date on stadium renovations).  This delay has given national writers a chance to go exactly where we expected them to go.  Before Franklin has even signed his name to a contract, PSU is being questioned for the hire it’s apparently in the process of making.

The latest column from Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com is titled: “Penn State, of all teams, should have avoided James Franklin.”  Some samples:

 

“Penn State cannot hire James Franklin.  Can’t even begin to think about it, actually.  

The fact there is ‘baggage’ in the background of Vanderbilt’s talented, affable, accomplished coach is enough.  All you need to know is that Franklin was Vanderbilt’s coach last June 23 when police say four of his players raped an unconscious 21-year-old student in a dorm room…

Franklin has not been tied to the case, at all.  But he was the coach when it happened and that should be enough — especially at Penn State.  

Do you know why?

Penn State doesn’t need a winning football coach that bad to risk its moral comeback from NCAA hell…

Penn State has to have a higher standard than any school at this point.  The institution is still digging its moral reputation out of the mud.”

 

Christine Brennan of USA Today posted a similar take this morning titled: “For Penn State right now, James Franklin is wrong choice.”  A few snippets:

 

“What Jerry Sandusky did under the auspices of Penn State football was so horrible that one would think the mere thought of his despicable acts would guide every move by every person in a position of leadership at Penn State from now until, well, forever.  For instance, because Sandusky raped young boys, you would think Penn State definitely would steer clear of anyone involved with that awful, terrible word: rape.  That would seem to be a wise guiding principle for the search committee.

So, Penn State, who are you thinking about hiring?

A man whose tenure at Vanderbilt was marked by a rape scandal…

James Franklin is a coveted 41-years-old head coach who probably would make a fine hire for any of his other suitors.  Just not Penn State.  Not at this time…

Whatever happens in that (Vanderbilt rape) case, by hiring Franklin, Penn State will have attached itself to it.  If there’s a trial and Franklin’s a part of it, Penn State would be a part of it, too.”

 

Bingo.  That’s the problem with Penn State hiring Franklin.  If/when he’s forced to testify in the trials of his four ex-players, it will be Penn State’s coach testifying in a rape case.  If something ugly and unexpected comes out during that trial, it will be Penn State’s coach dealing with the fallout.

Franklin is a tremendous coach and he should not be punished for a case in which the Nashville DA’s office has cleared him of any wrongdoing in any kind of coverup.  But Penn State is not the right school to make this run at this moment due to the PR ramifications that we saw coming a month ago.  And if we saw this coming a month ago, how the heck could Penn State not have seen it coming this week — or not cared that it would come?

Any school hiring Franklin would be importing the VU sexual assault case to its campus.  One school’s recent history makes that importation almost impossible.  But that very school — Penn State — is trying to do just that, right now.

PSU officials who wanted to bury the Sandusky story and move forward from it are bringing the story back into the headlines.  And if/when Franklin testifies, the words “rape,” “Sandusky,” and “Penn State” will once again be kicked around from local media outlets to national ones.  It’s truly hard to believe that the administration at any major college or university could be so utterly and fantastically tone deaf.

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